Distinguished Science Alumni Awards 2006
BPharm 1963, BPharm 1964
Longest Serving Chief Pharmacist (1976-1995)
Retired Chief Pharmacist
Mr TAN Kiok K'ng joined the Government Pharmaceutical Service as a pharmacist in 1966. In 1976 he was promoted to the post of Director (Pharmaceutical Department) / Chief Pharmacist Ministry of Health.
His principal duties and responsibilities as Director (Pharm. Dept) / Chief Pharmacist were overall management of the Government Pharmaceutical Service & President of the Pharmacy Board, Singapore. In the 70s and 80s, the then Pharmaceutical Department’s roles were ensuring adequate supplies of medicaments and surgical requisites for the Government Health Services through central procurement, self-manufacturing of pharmaceutical preparations and distribution. The Department also enforced the Sales of Drugs Act & the Poisons Act to safeguard public health. It also administered the Pharmacist Registration Act (formerly the Pharmacist Registration Ordinance) by maintaining a register of pharmacists and ensuring high standards of professional pharmacy practices.
In 1968, Mr TAN was awarded a British Commonwealth Medical Scholarship to read a Masters degree in Pharmaceutical Technology in UK and he obtained an MSc from the University of London in 1969. In the 1981 National Day Awards, Mr Tan was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) for his contributions to Singapore in the area of pharmacy.
Mr TAN retired from the Government Pharmaceutical Service in October 1995, on reaching the age of 60, making him the longest serving Chief Pharmacist to date.
After his retirement, Mr TAN joined the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a short-term consultant. During this time, he was involved in helping several island nations in the Western Pacific and some countries in ASEAN to strengthen their national pharmaceutical administration and pharmacy practices. He also played a key role in the role development and strengthening of the ASEAN Technical Co-operation in Pharmaceuticals both while working in the Government as well as after retirement. Some of his recent work contributions include the preparation of the report of the 18th ASEAN Pharmaceutical Working Group Meeting, which was held in Hanoi from 30th October to 1st November 2000; and the report of the Inter-Regional Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights in the context of Traditional Medicine, which was held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 6th to 8th December 2000.
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